PIP Number: 04991

Project Name: Vanimo Wharf Development


To construct a new wharf facility to enable increased movement of cargo and passenger, thus creating trade and socio-economic development.


The feasibility study concluded in June 2019 and the report furnished to the Government. The next phase is to carry out the detailed design. The 2020 funding is to cater for the detailed design and land acquisition.


The project components include:

  1. Environmental Studies, Survey and Technical Design and Scoping (Feasibility study completed in 2019)
  2. Procurement of equipment & materials
  3. Project Management Unit


The project is located in Vanimo, the Provincial centre of Sandaun Province.


Vanimo wharf is one of the oldest ports which needs to be replaced. The wharf is located strategically for trade with Asia, and its development is needed to provoke trade, which will create employment and other socio-economic opportunities. The current economic activities in the province/region that will benefit from this wharf are logging, oil palm and other agriculture commodities.


The Department of Transport through its Project Management Unit has the capacity to implement the project in coordination with PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PCL) and other relevant agencies


This project will benefit the people of Vanimo (Sandaun Province), business houses, MAMOSE Region, PCL, and PNG as a whole.


The wharf, once constructed will be transferred to Ports Corporations Limited (PCL). The West Sepik Provincial Government may get into business arrangements with PCL on the ownership and management of the facility.